The Urban Farming Guys
3700 E. 12th St.
Kansas City MO 64127
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 732-3554
Mission Statement
Helping disadvantaged communities rebuild from within. At the Urban Farming Guys, we focus on building local economy, capacity, and resilience while giving back to the global open source community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Helping disadvantaged communities rebuild from within. At the Urban Farming Guys, we focus on building local economy, capacity, and resilience while giving back to the global open source community.
Background Statement
Jason and Candy Fields moved to the blighted Lykins Neighborhood in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast ten years ago and immediately began building community and implementing various urban agricultural projects. In 2012, they incorporated UFG as a 501(c)3 with the primary focus of ending the food desert in this census tract while modeling best practices for others to emulate in underserved areas around the world. UFG has built programs focused on community gardens, community supported agriculture, aquaponics, internships, and a social media campaign with video tutorials boasting over 100,000 followers around the world. In 2016, UFG added a 4,500 ft2 greenhouse to expand its growing capacity as well as a 20,000 ft2 building known as the makerspace to house a new innovation center, classrooms, and community meeting spaces. In 2017, Urban Farming Guys will be combining its longstanding traction in the neighborhood with these new resources in order to magnify efforts to impact an environment of improved health in the community.
 
As a homegrown, grassroots organization, UFG is uniquely qualified to respond to the needs of the Lykins community. The majority of the UFG team, including its staff and lead volunteers, reside in the neighborhood, providing first-hand experience with the environment that contributes to the food crisis. For the past ten years, the organization has worked side-by-side with other community residents to find impactful ways to respond to a challenged environment. This symbiotic relationship between our non-profit and our environment gives us a unique ability to respond to the needs of our neighbors with a holistic approach that focuses on local economy, local capacity, and local resiliency.
Impact Statement
The most significant achievements from last year include:
  • In 2016, two-thirds of the MakerSpace was ready to open. We unboxed and set up tools and classrooms, making 16,000 ft2 of MakerSpace Wonderland to help build opportunities where they don't exist in the urban core.
  • We built a 150 ft long educational greenhouse with great support from Sullivan's, Cornerstone Church, The Missouri Department of Agriculture, City Bitty Farm / Greg Garbos, and hundreds of volunteers. With this greenhouse we will increase healthy food access, and teach various farming methods to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe who watch our videos.
  • This year we completed the women's internship house directly behind the MakerSpace with support from Cornerstone Church, MoBank, Eclipse Roofing, and hundreds of volunteers. It is now being rented out until our internship finds funding.
  • We Built and planted 30 more raised bed gardens and planted 30 more fruit trees, expanding onto a long-time vacant urban lot that was covered in trash and had once been a haven for crime and prostitution.
 
The goals for the coming year include:
  • A grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will allow us to develop a Healthy Food Access Program which combines community gardens with educational and economic opportunities.
  • In 2017, we are launching our new Makerspace which will offer unique tools, training, and mentorships to members. An array of high-tech tools will allow people to create art, invent prototypes, and strengthen our community.
  • Now that we have built a new, 4,500 ft2 greenhouse, we are in the process of constructing a large aquaponics demonstration which will raise fish alongside plants and serve as a replicable model for other communities.
  • We are resuming and expanding our After School STEAM—STEM plus Arts—programs for youth in our neighborhood as well as a new robotics team.
Needs Statement
  • Funding for the hiring of a new Program Manager to facilitate and evaluate our programs.
  • Funding for the hiring of a full-time Farm Manager to oversee our agricultural processes and infrastructure.
  • An ADA-Compliant Family Restroom
  • Funding, In-Kind Donations, and volunteers for after school programs.
  • Construction of a dedicated classroom space for after school as well as community education classes.
Service Categories
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement It burns within us to serve the poor and help build opportunities for those who have very little. When my wife and I came to this work 10 years ago, we chose not to see the blight, crime, and hopelessness that surrounded the vacant homes, trashy lots and vagrant population. Instead we saw the beauty of the people, their stories, the history of the land, and the character of the homes. We chose to see what can be done with available resources and new relationships. We were surprised by how many people did truly care and were willing to spend precious time and money to make a small difference, even when it’s not quite enough. The inspiration we gain from those around us continues to be greater than anything we could ever do for them. It’s become a true village, where we’re invested in each other’s lives. It is an honor to be a part of this organization as it serves to help disadvantaged communities rebuild from within.
Programs
Description
Healthy Food Access programs are fundamental to the health of a community because they support the availability and affordability of good nutrition. Like many underserved areas, Lykins is a “food desert” because of its limited access to high quality and fresh foods, which leads to diet-based diseases for individuals and economic stagnation for communities.
The Community Garden program not only provides raised garden beds to Lykins Neighborhood residents, but it is also a space where participants learn valuable skills and build relationships with their neighbors. Now that we have indoor classroom space, we are developing additional nutrition and cooking classes through the Makerspace to support Healthy Food Access education.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success Through this program community members will learn how to grow their own healthy food as well as how to process and market healthy food as part of an income-generating project. As participants gain knowledge in nutrition and gardening, they will be empowered to make choices that support improved health.
Long-Term Success The goal of the UFG Healthy Food Access program is to transform Lykins from a food desert into a food oasis. We will do this by combining food access with education and economic opportunity in order to mobilize the community toward significant environmental change.
Program Success Monitored By We will monitor the success of our program through the number of participants, then number of gardens created by former participants, the amount of revenue generated from healthy food retail in our community, and self-reported improvements in quality of life by former participants.
Examples of Program Success Over a hundred households have participated in our Community Garden program, and the new Healthy Food Access program expands that by adding classes on cooking, nutrition, processing, and marketing.
Description
Free after school programs give Lykins students access to materials such as art supplies and computers that may not be available to them at home, and they also help youth develop skills and build relationships with mentors. Our after school programs have a STEM + Art focus, which includes computer coding, robotics, and arts and crafts.
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success After School STEAM will use creativity and critical thinking to enrich the lives of students, and it will also help them to succeed in their current schools.
Long-Term Success Students will gain knowledge and skills related to science, technology engineering, math, and art in order to have great economic and aesthetic success as adults.
Program Success Monitored By We will partner with parents and teachers in order to observe the academic and emotional well-being of our after school students. We will know that the program is successful as participating youth excel in program activities such as coding or art, are doing well at home, and are earning good grades at school.
Examples of Program Success Our past After School Art program was fun and constructive for the dozens of neighborhood kids with whom we were able to work. Now that we have our own building, we have the space to expand and improve the program with art as well as science an technology.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Term Start Apr 2012
Experience
Jason Fields has 20 years of entrepreneurial and management experience, founding three businesses as well as many programs within UFG. He loves to build, organize, and step away from things to see them fly. Growing, making, and creating are basic enjoyments and a regular part of Jason's life. Jason and his family moved into the area 10 years ago to invest and engage their lives within the neighborhood where UFG is based.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 250
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
Term Apr 2012 to Apr 2018
Email Jason@TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jason Fields Urban Farming Guys
Mr. Daniel Gidman Stackify
Ms. Michele Mayo Urban Farming Guys
Mr. Jason Slattery DC Dream Center
Mr. David Woodrum Harvest of Jubilee Groups International
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $359,765
Projected Expenses $359,571
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$192,058$106,609$110,483
Administration Expense$20,395$50,267$0
Fundraising Expense$15,896$14,132$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.331.331.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%62%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%6%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$383,395$209,067$80,472
Current Assets$13,353$23,783$17,840
Long-Term Liabilities$137,601$73,404$0
Current Liabilities$37,727$3,634$5,161
Total Net Assets$208,067$132,029$75,311
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.356.543.46
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets36%35%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJ.R. Albert Foundation $75,000J.R. Albert Foundation $75,000Individual Donor $15,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $35,000Individual Donor $70,000Individual Donor $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $32,500Individual Donor $8,000J.R. Albert Foundation $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name The Urban Farming Guys
Address 3700 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Phone (913) 732-3554
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
Year of Incorporation 2012